Former Visiting Trainees

Kirstie Anne DeJong






Project:  Visiting PhD Trainee from Australia May 2017-Sept. 2017

Research Focus:  Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome

Supervisor:  Dr. Donna Vine


Maurice Kanyoni






Project:  Visiting Lecturer from the University of Rwanda, School of Health Sciences, College of Medicine and Health Sciences, Kigali, Rwanda.

Research Title:  HIV and ART - Associated Cardiometabolic Research Training in Rwanda

Supervisor:  Dr. Spencer Proctor (UofA) & Dr. Eugene Mutimura (RASD, Rwanda)

Francisco Javier Ruiz Ojeda






Project: Visiting PhD student 2016 (Institute of Nutrition and Food Technology, Center of Biomedical Research, University of Granada, Spain).

Research Focus: Genes related to obesity, insulin resistance and inflammation.

Supervisor: Dr. Spencer Proctor

Activities outside the lab: I like movies, music, swimming, skiing, outdoor activities, travelling and meeting friends.

Adriano Cotrim Vilas Boas






Project: Visiting Trainee 2014 (Student of Medicine at Federal University of Maranhão, Brasil)

Research Focus: Exchange Student of the Program Science without Borders

What I like to do outside the lab: I like to read and watch movies when I'm not in the lab.

Supervisor: Dr. Spencer Proctor

Yosdel Soto López







Project: Visiting PhD Trainee 2013 (Center of Molecular Immunology, University of Havana, Cuba).

Research Focus: Idiotypic vaccine for atherosclerosis.

Supervisor: Dr. Spencer Proctor

Activities outside the lab: I like music, outdoor activities, hiking and camping.

Gabriela Salim F Castro






Project: Visiting Trainee 2012 (University of Sao Paulo, Brazil)

Supervisor: Dr. Rene Jacobs

What I like doing outside of the lab: I like to read and watch movies.

Tina Ullrich, MSc






Project: Visiting Trainee 2012 (University Leipzig, Germany)

Research Focus: To determine whether the blood lipid-lowering properties of Niacin (Vitamin B3) are a direct result of improvements in intestinal lipid production in the JCR:LA-cp rat.

Supervisor: Dr. Spencer Proctor

What I like doing outside of the lab: I like team sports as volleyball and ultimate and I also enjoy playing the piano, cooking, baking and watching movies.

Claudia Vacca, PhD






Project: 2011 Visiting Trainee (Science and Technology Park of Sardinia, Polaris, Pula, Italy)

Research Focus: Modulation of endocannabinoid synthesis and hypothalamic neuropeptides by ruminal trans fats: c9, t11 CLA and t-11 vaccenic acid in an animal model of the metabolic syndrome.

Supervisor: Dr. Spencer Proctor